Fiji calls on Asia-Pacific to address climate change

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-07 16:17:51|Editor: xuxin
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SUVA, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Climate change affects everyone in the world and not just the Pacific, and Fiji would soon implement a Climate Change Bill to prepare the island nation for the challenges it faced from extreme weather conditions.

Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Judicial Conference on Environmental and Climate Change Adjudication in Nadi, Fiji's third largest city on Monday, Fiji's Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said it was important for people to work together and fight climate change.

He highlighted the effects of climate change on Fiji, stating that some villages had been relocated to higher grounds because of rising sea levels.

There were consequences of climate change on Pacific Island states, he said, adding that the Fijian government would implement the Climate Change Bill over the coming months to better prepare Fiji for the challenges it faced from climatic events.

The two-day conference, which started on Monday, will have speakers share on topics like Climate Justice and Disasters: A Pacific Perspective, Gender-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Plastic Pollution in Oceans.

The Supreme Court of Fiji, in partnership with the Asian Development Band, and the United Nations Environment Program, has organized the Asia-Pacific Judicial Conference on Environmental and Climate Change Adjudication. The conference is hosted under the banner of the Asian Judges Network on Environment (AJNE), the unique judicial network working towards strengthening environmental and climate change adjudication.